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About this blog: In January 2002 I started writing my own online "newspaper" titled "The San Ramon Observer." I reported on City Council meetings and other happenings in San Ramon. I tried to be objective in my coverage of meetings and events, and...  (More)

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A very bland blog

Uploaded: Aug 21, 2015
Now that I've opened a can of worms on Planned Parenthood, this blog is a very bland commentary about my latest shopping experiences at Whole Foods and OSH in San Ramon. A am a little critical of the Dublin OSH, but please restrain your hostile replies.

Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH) is moving. Some of you who live in South San Ramon may have seen the Moving Sale signs on the OSH at the Country Faire shopping center on Alcosta Blvd. and Bollinger Canyon Road. They don't know who might be taking over the building. It could be partitioned into smaller units too.

There are a lot of reduced prices to clear out inventory; so if you need any hardware items, this is a good time to stock up. I needed AA batteries, but the multipacks that were on-sale were sold out. I bought a regular 4 pack for $5. They still have 9 volt batteries in a multipack for around $5.

The store is moving to Crow Canyon Road not far from the Home Depot. They don't have a firm date for the move yet. I was told it might be in September or October. So all of our hardware shopping options will be in the northern part of town unless we want to go to Lowes or the OSH in Dublin.

I don't like the Dublin OSH. It's bigger than the one here that's moving, and the employees here are much nicer and more helpful than the ones I've encountered in Dublin. The San Ramon store is hiring new cashiers and shop assistants if anyone is looking for a job.

I just bought lunch at the Whole Foods. It was a small container of Shrimp Cocktail for $5 on special. These are really prawns, not shrimp. There were 18 deveined, medium sized prawns, nicely cooked with tail on, with a little container of cocktail sauce and a lemon wedge.

I'd give this Shrimp Cocktail four-and-a-half out of five stars. The lemon wedge wasn't too helpful, squirting more juice on my fingers than on the shrimp. I thought the amount of cocktail sauce would be too little for all of the shrimp, but half of it was left over after I finished.

Altogether this is a very good deal for lunch. You can eat lunch at the tables outside in front of the store. There isn't much ambiance, but it is very convenient.

The Whole Foods always has a nice selection of Hard Cider, which I prefer over beer. Cider is becoming more popular and more varieties can be found in stores now. Whole Foods has been at the forefront of making a wide variety of Cider available in their stores.
What is it worth to you?


Posted by Marcia, a resident of Walnut Grove Elementary School,
on Aug 21, 2015 at 4:51 pm

Marcia is a registered user.

Roz, Sincerely.... happy shopping! It's good therapy. I know. ;0)

Posted by San Ramon Observer, a resident of San Ramon,
on Aug 21, 2015 at 5:34 pm

San Ramon Observer is a registered user.


Thank you for the nice comments. I was going to post one more answer on my Planned Parenthood blog, but I don't want to start the storm of comments again. So I'll post it on Tom's blog instead. Let him field the feedback.


Posted by Harald PA Balle, a resident of Alamo,
on Aug 22, 2015 at 8:37 am

Dear Ms. Rogoff,

I do enjoy the exceptional brilliance in your commentary and hope for your continuing point of view.

Thank you,


Posted by Ed, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Aug 24, 2015 at 7:33 am

The first and only time I've ever shopped at Whole Foods was when the new Dublin store opened. Many great items and the cooked ready-to-eat foods all looked great but the prices, my goodness...I bought a loaf of bread to go with the hot soup I wanted and found out they sell the bread by the pound. I ended up paying over $7.00 for a loaf of bread. Good bread but I'll stick to the less expensive stuff at Trader Joes.
The people who work there are very nice and helpful, the baker gave me a couple of samples of different breads to help me decide which one was for me.

Posted by San Ramon Observer, a resident of San Ramon,
on Aug 26, 2015 at 3:31 pm

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I used to live in Culver City down the street from one of the first Trader Joe's. I remember the prices there were pretty high even then. I know Whole Foods is expensive, but so is Trader Joe's and even Raleys. Everything around here is expensive.


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